'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Studios catch monstrous case of franchise fever

The global number makes The Mummy Tom Cruise's biggest box office opening of all time.

Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" was buried at the USA box office this weekend by 'Wonder Woman, ' but looked more alive overseas thanks to a strong start in China.

The well-reviewed film stars Gal Gadot, she of the Fast and Furious series, as the Amazonian goddess-princess-superhero whose lasso, bracelet and tiara have magical powers. It follows her journey from the island of Themyscira into the human world, accompanied by a WWI spy named Steve Trevor as she works to find - and defeat - Ares, the Greek God of War, in an effort to save the world.

Considering it cost $125 million to make this initial entry, the prospects of a connected series of films that bring in other monsters - The Bride of Frankenstein is due next - are fleeting.

Variety said "The Mummy" debut was on pace to make $32.2 million domestically and the studio hopes to recoup the low take in the United States in markets overseas. The Mummy fared better overseas, however, where the film was No. 1 with $141.8 million from 63 territories.

Following her spectacular debut last week, Wonder Woman has retained the top spot at the U.S. box office with an estimated $57 million.

DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie added $12.3 million in third place, for a total of $44.6 million after two weeks. Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will sail to fourth with an additional $10.7 million from 3,679 theaters.


Wonder Woman, boasting a domestic total of $163.6 million through Friday, is expected to jump the $200 million mark on Sunday, its 10th day in release.

The movie did well at overseas box-office, earning over 141.8 million United States dollars from 63 markets.

As THR points out, the opening weekend of the Cruise-starring monster movie earned less than the openings of the Brandon Fraser "Mummy" and its sequels - and even earned less than the Dwayne Johnson-starring spinoff "The Scorpion King".

This week's domestic box office victor was pretty much decided before we even got to the weekend.

In limited release, "My Cousin Rachel" is tracking to break $1 million from 523 locations. The movie opened in 4,035 theaters, earning a solid $7,992 per-screen average.

Unfortunately, The Mummy relies heavily on jump scares, of which there are far too many, and the trade-off for that rollercoaster pace is a film that feels disjointed, relying on visually stunning action sequences to cover over cracks in the story. And "Beatriz at Dinner" from Roadside Attractions is gobbling up $139,000 from only five spots.

Cruise mostly recently opened "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" to a $22.9 million domestic opening, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" to $55.5 million, and "Edge of Tomorrow" to $28.9 million. "And I'm grateful for all of the support over the years". Early reports suggest it will fail at the box office, and it deserves to do so.

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